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We’re going to play Assassin’s Creed II – what do you want to know?

Friday, 18 September 2009 11:13 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Guess what? We’re going to play through the entire TGS build of Assassin’s Creed II in London next week. That’s the good bit.

Here’s the better bit. We want to know what you want to know about the game. Ask us questions and we’ll answer them.

We can’t do the playtest live, as we did with Far Cry 2 at Ubi’s office last year. We were hoping to, but all the content’s going to be embargoed until TGS itself opens next week, so you’ll have to ask the questions in advance. As soon as the Makuhari Messe doors part, we’re assured, we’ll be able to go live with all the details. It’s a general embargo, so you’ll see a ton more stuff from other sites at the same time as well.

So. What do you want to know?

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40 Comments

  1. rrod360lol

    See if they’ll let you anywhere near a ps3 build or not…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve no idea what format it’ll be, to be honest. They demoed it on 360 at GamesCom.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SticKboy

    All the animation questions – how many more frames to perform similar actions does the new game have; how many frames just for getting up/off a horse/carriage etc; what was the trickiest/most laborious thing to animate; what key animations are they most proud of and what would they most like us to notice?

    Are the NPC character models improved to match the quality of the player character model?

    Are there day/night cycles this time round? If so, how does that effect the shopping mechanic?

    What are the “wow” moments in the game that match riding out over the hilltop across from Damascus, Acre or Jerusalem and seeing the whole city spread out before you, before going on to explore it in real-time without a loading screen?

    Has the free-running/parkour become more complex? Are there any differences in the control scheme? Can you grab ledges straight away, or will we have to wait for that to be upgraded again?

    Are there still old-school adventure game type elements in the part of the game that’s set in the future?

    Will there be flags and, if so, will they be fun to collect this time round?

    Any sex? Is Ezio a bit of a ladies’ man?

    Does Kristen Bell get her tits out?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Good man.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. rrod360lol

    @Pat Fair enough. If you could ask them about the ps3 build and see if they start shuffling their feet and muttering or not :)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Wakkum

    I very much second your last question, Stickboy.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    rrod360lol – OK :)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    AC2 was shown on PS3 at E3 if i’m not mistaken, though it would be interesting to bring it up atleast in relation to the first games PS3 version and how it ran.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. FeaturePreacher

    01. Is there any combat under water?
    02. Will Ezio be able to rock enemies off boats?
    03. Will there be difficulty levels this time?
    04. Will Ezio get alternative costumes upon completion of
    certain tasks or difficulty levels?
    05. Will Ezio be able to do horizontal wall runs like the
    prince could in prince of persia and leap from one
    wall to the next?
    06. Will Ezio be able to throw weapons he picks up at
    opponents?
    07. Will Ezio be able to wield two weapons simultaneously
    other than the hidden twin blades?
    08. Will there be opponents much larger/much stronger than
    Ezio where direct combat will be useless, forcing Ezio
    to find other ways to control/defeat said opponents?
    09. Will Ezio be able to use a bow and arrow? Will he be
    able to attach a rope to the arrow to use it to
    navigate to areas that are otherwise not possible to
    reach?
    10. Will there be environmental puzzles?
    11. Will there be any aerial combat, especially against
    opponents that are also in the air?
    12. Will Ezio get any weapons that can dismember opponents?
    13. Will Ezio be able to use the environment to defeat his opponents? E.g., be able to throw a knife at a torch above a guard so it lands and burns him up or make something heavy fall on someone and crush them to death.
    14. Will there be playable characters besides Ezio?
    15. Will Ezio meet Galileo Galilei and be able to use his telescope to ignite weapons that he can throw or shoot? E.g., flaming arrows.
    16. Will Ezio be able to insult opponents in order to lure them into a compromised position? E.g., insult an opponent only to get them to foolishly rush towards Ezio, Ezio swiftly dodges, and the opponent collides with his associate or runs into a wall or into the water.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    Nice. I’ll do my best.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Tonka

    How much is the gelato close to the Campanile compared to the one over by the Rialto bridge?

    oSeriously though, how accurate is the map(s)?

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    Heh. I’ll check.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Spiral

    How integral are the guns to the combat? Can you treat fights like a straight up shooter? How often does each mission type repeat in the main storyline/ whole game? Are you going to be able to take out targets without being detected or are you still going to have to leg it as soon as their corpse hits the floor?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    All good stuff. I’ll stick it all in a doc and work through it systematically. I’ve got an hour with the game, apparently.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Freek

    In AC 1, stealth meant moving slowly. If you ran or if your horse galloped you were automatically spotted. And all enemies were apparently also in radio contact with each other since guards on the other end of the city or road that never had any contact with the ones who spotted you now also knew you were an assassin.

    Is this still an issue or has the stealth gameplay been refined?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    Doubt Galileo Galilei is in it, he wasnt born or atleast wasnt an adult when AC2 is based.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. FeaturePreacher

    Well hopefully, there is still a way to ignite weapons that are flammable.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Spiral

    Oh that’s a point. Can you ask them if the bloody cutscenes are skippable this time?

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Will do.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. SticKboy

    Being be able to use the environment to defeat opponents is a great question. I’d love to know if this or any other forms of emergent gameplay are in the game.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Spiral

    Cheers. And if they say no, kick their shins for me. Ta.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Multiplayer or DLC multiplayer ideas? Might be kinda interesting.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll ask them about that, yeah. I think that’s the elephant in the room at the moment.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Johnny Cullen

    Tell them they’re so awesome for the music choices in the two trailers for the two AC games with UNKLE and JUSTICE.

    Seriously, how much more variety will there be in the game compared to the last one? And be very specific on it.

    Thats the only one I have drummed up for now, but I might come up with more before I leave tonight.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Oh, one last question. Any other vehicles or modes of transportation in the game besides the hang glider, or like the horse is AC1? Thanks!

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Johnny Cullen

    Ah, thought of another one.

    With Altair having to lose a finger for his hidden blade, how does Ezio not lose two fingers for his two hidden blades?

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Gekidami

    Indeed, the lost fingure seemed to be apart of being an assassin, even that women at the end of the first game had it missing. Infact it seemed to be what proved she was one of them.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. freedoms_stain

    To add about free running, i’d specifically like to know if we get to time jumps ourselves, specifically can you launch yourself towards a grip higher up the wall before you actually reach the foot of the wal

    #28 5 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    oh, and combat, can the player learn or perform special or advanced attacks similar to counters in the original but with better user input i.e. button combos for specific moves?

    #29 5 years ago
  30. DarkElfa

    Feature Preacher, I’m going to suggest to your parents that they keep matches away from you dude. ;)

    #30 5 years ago
  31. FeaturePreacher

    They’ll have to pry them from my blow torch guarded hands.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. No_PUDding

    Ask them why they included a cape on Ezio, if they can’t make it move properly, and constantly looks like shit. They need to headhunt the ‘Cape Physics Specialist’ from Rocksteady. Don’t actually ask that by the way.

    But a good question is whether we can still fall from impossibly high heights and survive, and whether we have an absolutely massive synchronisation (health) bar this time.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Patrick Garratt

    OK :D

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Patrick Garratt

    I’m playing this tomorrow, so if there’s anything else you want to know, now’s the time to ask.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. freedoms_stain

    How the hell will we infiltrate towns without Scholars?

    #35 5 years ago
  36. No_PUDding

    Please ask if it’s possible to complete the game the game without using Leonardo’s fucking stupid flying inventions.

    I don’t want to fly you French prats.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Hunam

    I just want to know if the environment kills are more convincing this time, the animation and ragdoll blending when throwing people off building or into stalls/woodpiles was fairly lame.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. No_PUDding

    Within a foot of it they suddenly fainted, miraculously saving them from the unfortunately unstable scaffold.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Patrick Garratt

    All done. It’s fucking wicked. Asked tons of questions. The emnbargo lifts on Thursday morning.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Gekidami

    “Fucking Wicked” is probably ‘not bad’ to everyone else. We all know you have low standards Pat. :p

    #40 5 years ago

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    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.